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Mar 24, 2011 5:30pm EDT
not allowed us to go through there. many of the patients have been hit by snipers. conditions in the hospital are bad. some of the pictures are too disturbing for us to show. misrata is the last big town in western libya that is still in rebel hands. the airport where the libyan air force plane was shot down today and the main hospital seemed to be controlled by pro-gaddafi forces. the fighting today is said to have been censored -- centered on the port. the coalition bombed a couple of tripoli for the fifth night. these pictures were broadcast this morning on libyan television. the show military items burning. the government insists 18 civilians have died. according to libyan television, these pictures show injured civilians. today, the libyan authorities took journalists to see a funeral ceremony for civilians they say have been killed in coalition attacks. it has not been possible to confirm this. colonel gaddafi is still promising his supporters victory. a few days ago, there were signs that some were starting to get nervous. the intervention of the coalition has not been nearly
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Mar 7, 2011 7:00am EST
use heavy push -- forced to stop the rebel push across the west. the town recaptured by government troops. mr. gaddafi that a son of warns of chaos if his father fails. >> you will see its increase. you'll see millions of illegal immigrants. the terror will be next to your door. >> welcome to "gmt." a world of news and opinion. also in the program -- former french president jacques chirac goes on trial on charges he misused public funds while he was the mayor of paris. and pro-democracy activists in egypt target the institutions synonymous with repression under hosni mubarak. hello, and welcome. it is midday in london, 6:00 p.m. in delhi and washington they are waking up to news that forces loyal to colonel gaddafi pounded on opposition fighters to halt the advance toward tripoli. opposition forces have been driven out of the town of bin jawad. gaddafi has begun using heavy air and artillery. our world affairs expert and cameraman duncan stone went to bin jawad. here is their report. >> at dawn, it was immediately clear that the rebels' enthusiasm and fighting spirit was fading. it
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Mar 18, 2011 7:00am EDT
event jealousies that might include the use of force, including a -- eventualities that might include the use of force would require three steps that must be met. demonstrable need, regional clear support, and a clear regional basis. gaddafi's regime has ignored the u.n. security council that it stop the violence. his forces are now preparing for a violent assault on the city, benghazi, of 1 million people. they have begun air strikes in anticipation of what we expect to be a brutal attack using air, land, and sea forces. gaddafi has publicly promised that every home will be searched and that there will be no mercy and no pity shown. if we want any sense of what that might mean, we only have to look at what happened in zaria -- where tanks and heavy artillery were used to smash through a town with heavy loss of lives. human rights watch has catalogued the human rights abuses that are being committed in tripoli. now the people of eastern libya are faced with the same treatment. mr. speaker, that is the demonstrable need. second, a regional support. he said there must be a clear which f
WHUT
Mar 21, 2011 7:00am EDT
defiance in spite of the danger. it is thought colonel gaddafi is using ordinary people like this as human shields. nearby is his compound, including his iconic tent. a building there was struck by a cruise missile. the crowd pulled it out of the wreckage. it is not known if anyone was hurt. >> they think it is not their priorities or target to attack -- they know from the media that hundreds of civilians are here in this place, protected, of voluntary human shields. >> in the u.k., a planned attack from raf tornadoes was called off and airplane's return to base. the spokesman said during the mission further information and merge the that identified civilians in the intended target areas. in cairo at a joint press conference with the u.n. secretary-general, the arab league leader firmed up his support for the military action. he expressed concerns over the bombing because of the threat to civilians. >> we will carry on protecting civilians. and we would like to ask everybody to take this into consideration in any military operation board we had assurances that such operations, protection o
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Mar 7, 2011 6:30pm EST
coastal town. the libyan forces used tanks and artillery. our world affairs editors sent this report. >> at dawn this morning, it was a media elite clear that the rebels enthusiasm and fighting spirit was fading. it has carried them 150 miles westward along the coast, beating colonel gaddafi's troops back. but other supply lines are stretched and gaddafi's troops are fighting a more friendly territory. we went with the rebels to the next town, which they attacked fiercely. but the offender's head -- the defenders had better weapons. when we went there, we found the rebels had faded away during the night. from a distance collies i checkpoint which we eventually decided was probably manned by gaddafi loyalists. it was. a couple of soldiers opened fire in our direction. >> keep your head down. >> we drove back hastily down the road to the important oil town captured by the rebels on friday night. today, far fewer of them were making a stand here. the rebels are being forced all the way back to ras lanuf. it has been quite a success for colonel gaddafi's army. the rebel gunners blaze awa
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. all of the people are with us. i say to you i am not afraid. not afraid of the planes that caused such destruction. i am defiant. my home is here. i am here. i am here. >> even as he was speaking the words, on american tv came the suggestion that perhaps the gadhafi regime is exploring options internationalally. >> i am not aware he personally has reached out but i do know that people allegedly on his behalf have been reaching out. this is a very dynamic situation. >> so far u.s. forces have taken a prominent role in the u.n. authorized operation. barack obama made it clear that soon increasingly fewer american planes will be involved. >> i would expect that over the next several days we will have clarity and a meeting of the minds with all those participating in the process. we are already seeing a significant reduction in the number of u.s. planes involved in operations over libya. >> and this is the result of those operations, a workshop on a military base where an officer told the bbc overnight bombing caused some destruction but nobody died. elsewhere the authorities allege a
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Mar 21, 2011 6:30pm EDT
because they opposed his will and wanted his -- wanted freedom. tell us what you think about the air strikes over the last few days? >> the air strikes -- the people here are very happy. because we were so afraid of what would happen to them. so, now they are all white and they are expecting good things will happen here -- they are all right and they are expecting good things will happen here and in the future, also. >> thank you in d. here are pictures of those who have died here, and pictures of the hangings back in 1981. people come here to pay their respects for the dead. there is a sense in tobruk that this town is free. it is no longer under colonel gaddafi's control. but people are saying that is not enough. they want the whole of libya to be freed from colonel gaddafi and for him to leave. >> ben brown for us. the general in charge of implementing the no-fly zone insists that and i sat in colonel gaddafi is not the aim of the mission he says that the operation could end in stalemate. >> i could see accomplishing the military mission that has been assigned to me, and the curre
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Mar 11, 2011 5:30pm PST
to us, perhaps only volcanos come close. the japan earthquake, one of the biggest the world has ever seen. it struck off the coast near the city of sendai in the late afternoon. tsunami alerts were declared in several countries. alan little reports. >> how suddenly it strikes. mortal danger descends almost in the blink of an eye and without warning. it is terrifying. in an instant, there is chaos. then from the vastness of seat there is a threat more menacing still -- a wall of water more than 20 feet high advances across the ocean at speeds of up to 500 miles an hour, the speed of a jet aircraft. japan's tsunami defenses are among the best in the world, about but the tsunami is immovable, unstoppable, overwhelming everything in its destructive progress. 30 it redusse a house to matchwood in seconds. a car disappears into the deluge with its rear windscreen wiper still on. the quake struck at 2:46 local time in the middle of a normal working day. imagine being in this office in sendai when this happened. nor -- for a moment they freeze, immobilized by panic. then, a frantic scra
WHUT
Mar 24, 2011 6:30pm EDT
using incitement against our people. >> the western media -- is the people on the street protesting. >> you did not allow us to talk on bbc. nobody contested what was happening. the legitimate request of people, not only -- everywhere in syria. the request of financial or political or economic -- they are being discussed. they are being addressed. it is very important decisions that have been made today by leaders of the country. and the harassment of this process is being done. >> the syrian presidential adviser speaking to zeinab badawi. french officials say that a fighter was shot down -- that a libyan fighter was shot down. it is difficult to get an accurate picture of what is going on, but we got this assessment from tripoli. our correspondent's movements are restricted, but his report is not. >> the battle may decide how this war will go. the rebels have had no answer to colonel gaddafi is weaponry -- colonel gaddafi's weaponry. although the libyan air force has pretty much been destroyed, some tanks remain inside misrata. the coalition cannot do anything about the pro-gaddafi
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm PDT
people of libya. the resolution calls for all necessary measures, but rules out the use of foreign ground troops. 10 countries voted in favor and none were against. there were five abstentions, including russia and china. >> when it came, there was no opposition to the plan that britain, france, and 11 on had presented. sit -- significantly, both russia and china were among the five countries to abstain. afterwards, britain made clear why its government felt it had to act. >> the world should not stand by and accept the dump the hospitality against his own people. this resolution. tonight in the united nations security council is an expression of that resolve. it is a positive response to the call of the arab league last weekend for measures to protect and safeguard the civilian population of libya appeared close friends, too, will contribute a strong contingency for those enforcing the no-fly zone. its foreign minister told the security council that the world cannot let the events in libya continued unchecked. >> as i speak to you now, colonel khadafy's -- colonel gaddafi's troops
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Mar 16, 2011 12:30am PDT
go out in the rain. she showed us her home. it is relatively unscathed, but there is no electricity. everything is still where it was left as the family escaped. >> i'm worried about the aftershocks. there could be another earthquake. it could all happen again. as for radiation, i've been told it could come down with the rain. i'm really worried about that. >> so in the air over sendai, a city of a million, something ominous. life in this place is still out of kilter. the cues might be orderly but they stretch for a few hundred meters, shops still open and selling food. sendai's emergency coordinators struggling to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. the biggest problem petrol. we don't even have enough for our rescue teams or to deliver food to the shops. so the last thing this place now needs is another disaster. the consequences could be unthinkable. >> let's get some reaction to the latest developments at fukushima power plant. we can speak to james brown, an australian who lives in japan with his wife. he actually lives in the town of fukushima 80 kilometers
WETA
Mar 28, 2011 6:00pm EDT
from the center of the town. here, and expected, noisy crowd engulfed us. >> it is hard to avoid the feeling that this is all set up for our benefit. overlooking it all was awful outside broadcast unit from libyan television, putting out the pictures live via satellite dish. it was well-organized, but what was entirely genuine was the scale of the damage. at the outskirts of misrata -- if the outskirts are like this, what must the center be like after weeks of fighting? as fort gaddafi's supporters, there just as fierce and the enthusiastic as the rebels. it is no wonder the siege has gone so long. >> confusing scenes, but tomorrow international powers meet in london to it -- to discuss libya. tonight, president obama will address the american public on the u.s. aims and commitments there. does president obama have a tough sell to the american public? >> usually the sell comes before military action for the united states. he is going to try to explain both why he went in and how long is going to last. that seems to be foremost on the white house's mine today. the hope to keep it shor
WETA
Mar 2, 2011 6:00pm EST
another. they planned to head to where we work -- were. news of the attack reached us in nearly morning. the defenders started preparing for the possibility colonel gaddafi's forces would wall street bond and try to capture this place -- rolled street -- wall street on and try to recapture this place. descenders here have a few ancient russian tanks which they ruled out, older and less effective than the tanks being used by the gaddafi forces. many of these men were untrained volunteers. some were of -- summer soldiers themselves a few days ago. >> there is only one place to go. the right way. forward. >> and close to where we were standing, an air force jets. -- jet. the pilot misses the ammunitions stores, but this is the fourth attempt in at 12 days to blow them up. this is the entrance. but the road, down which colonel gaddafi's troops are supposed to be advancing -- people are very excitable, as you can imagine. >> indeed as it turns out, the gadhafi forces were still slugging it out and yet there -- at their first targets. at that moment, the tank -- the jet took another p
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Mar 24, 2011 7:00am EDT
to the bbc's correspondent in tokyo and he gave us more about the situation of those workers. >> at this stage, there are very sketchy details about what the effects of the radiation might be. we know that the two of them that have been taken to the hospital -- one have been moved on to a specialist institute. the level of radiation that they were exposed to, we heard it is somewhere between 170 and 180 millisieverts per hour period that roughly equates to an outwardly rate of getting 2/3 of what is the recommended annual dose. a very high exposure level, and one that has caused a great yeadeal of concern and sparked a round of press conferences. they are giving out what information they can. they are fully aware that this will cause a great deal of alarm, the notion that some of the contractors working so hard to try to restore power to get the monitoring and cooling systems back up and running, that some of those workers may have come into serious harm. >> clearly, any reference to radiation obviously causes considerable alarm. we have seen that in tokyo with the water supply. now
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Mar 17, 2011 12:30am PDT
. what they are doing is using chinook helicopters to drop sea water. they have been addressing the media, just about one hour ago. here is what was said. >> the two leaders talked to each other on the phone, from 10:22 a.m. to 10:52 a.m. president barack obama expressed symphony -- sympathy, and he also offered support, including support related to nuclear power plants and also mid-term and long-term rehabilitation initiatives. prime minister kan expressed gratitude to president obama for his support. the self-defense forces and police, all of those who are concerned are doing their best, and the prime minister can explain this to president obama. the people in charge of disaster relief and operations are doing their best, and also, the two leaders agreed to cooperate on the nuclear power plant issues. >> mr. edano has really been the face of this crisis, addressing the media every day, and here is what he had to say about the latest thames -- the latest attempts to drop the sea water to cool them. >> to drop water from the air, and the police are also going to start the water spraying b
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00pm PDT
radiation levels even though so far officials have assured us there is no risk to human health. here is is our correspondent. >> to an outsider, the scale of tokyo can be hard to take in. is stretches from horizon to horizon, an unbroken stretch of glass and concrete. 35 million people live here. as the wind blew into tokyo from the north today, the street emptied. more and more people are now wearing masks whenever they go out. the latest pictures from the fukushima nuclear plant are not likely to make anyone here feel more confident. the shattered reactor buildings seem to contradict all the government claims that the situation is under control. in the latest attempt to halt a meltdown, the army used helicopters to dry -- try and drop cooling water onto the damaged reactors above, but the howling winds and radiation level force to do to be abandoned. and in a sign of just how serious things are becoming, emperor akihito appeared on television to try and reassure his people. but people here are not reassured. at tokyo station we found families dashing to board trains south. pe
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Mar 9, 2011 6:00pm PST
they were going to shoot us from behind. i was thinking we're done. >> they do it, i can't do anything and just close my eyes and ask my god to help me. >> as gaddafi's forces gain the upper hand the international community ponders how to respond to the violence. king mohammed of morocco promises constitutional reforms in his first speech since last month's nationwide protests. welcome to bbc nuelings. broadcast to pbs in america and also around the globe. coming up for you, violence escalates in ivory coast as militias loyal to the two presidential rivals hunt down their opponents. and an historic touchdown for discovery. the oldest of america's space shuttles. and its remarkable 27-year career. bbc team in libya have been jailed and subjected to beatings and mock executions. the events took place when they were detained early they are week but only now that they have left the country are we reporting their story. while they were in prison they witnessed first hand the horrifying levels of violence meted out by colonel gaddafi's security forces and other prisoners. the bbc team were t
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Mar 4, 2011 6:00pm PST
planned to use them to beef up their forces and prepare for an attack. with conditions as as this it is not surprising there is no military activity of any kind today. it looks as though both sides wanted to lick their wounds after last wednesday's battle. that turned out to be completely wrong. the commanders brought up some of their properly trained soldiers to take over the front- line posts from the untrained volunteers. the trouble was the volunteers decided to head on down the road towards another city. that left the train soldiers no alternative but to gather their gear and back them up. no preparation and no buildup of reserves. these are volunteers and not trained soldiers. they are all headed to the city 15 kilometers away from here. you can hear the sound of mortar fire. it was midafternoon and the battle lasted until dark. it will continue tomorrow by which time the rebels will have brought up several hundred more men. the odds will be a bit more favorable. >> the secretary general told the bbc it is preparing for old eventuality is in libya but has no plans to intervene. a
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Mar 29, 2011 12:30am PDT
gaddafi forces and get back partial control. thank you for joining us, coming up, a state of maximum alert over the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. ♪ using western military force to evict colonel gaddafi from power would be a mistake according to president obama, a military mission protecting civilians to include regime change would be counterproductive. he just came under some criticism that he hasn't properly explains the goals of the military action or how long it would last. >> there is no question that libya and the world would be better off with gaddafi out of power. we will actively pursue that goal through non-military means. broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake. the task that i have assigned our forces, to protect the libyan people from the immediate danger and to establish a no-fly zone carries with it a un mandate and international support. it is also what the libya opposition asked us to do. if we try to overthrow him by force, our coalition will splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish t
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Mar 4, 2011 7:00am EST
behind them. they keep using this slogan "united libya with tripoli as its capital." they fear colonel gaddafi may have a separatist agenda. [inaudible] they do not want to be seen as a separatist movement. >> thank you very much. that is jon leyne in benghazi, in the east of libya. let's talk about the humanitarian situation along the libyan-tunisian border, which is starting to ease. the vast exodus that started to come through, about 95,000 people, many of them stranded for the last few days -- but the backlog of people is now been cleared. we have a huge airlift under way. dozens of planes -- aircraft from countries like the u.k., france, spain, italy, and the united nations high commission for refugees -- they are all taking these migrant workers back to their home countries. most often, that is egypt and bangladesh. let's talk to the spokesman for unhcr at the border. how is the operation going? >> is going very well. significant progress has been made. more than 43,000 egyptians have been evacuated already. between four thousand to 6000 of them remain here. the people of banglad
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Mar 9, 2011 6:30pm EST
the door and put food there and handcuffed us. they pushed me. i thought this is a definition moment for me. >> if they decide to do this i cannot do anything. i just closed my eyes and ask for god to save me. >> they started shouting go, go. i thought there are going to shoot us from behind. i was thinking this is the end. >> libyan tv has been showing old army parades'. other officials said their experience was not right but libyans believe spies are coming. >> on the battlefront libyan forces loyal to gaddafi have been pounding towns held by rebels east and west of tripoli. the most intense fighting has been for control of one city where there were 40 deaths. it is effectively in the hands of government forces. in the eastern part [unintelligible] our middle east correspondent has this report. >> once again, libyan state tv is claiming success in the battle of one town rest of tripoli. they produced little evidence except these sketchy pictures. the international media is being prevented from going. this soldier state -- told state tv the town was 95% secured. we have some
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00am EDT
security control. >> thanks for joining us. libyan state television says coalition forces have launched air strikes a third night in tripoli. colonel gaddafi's says many independents are killed but there is no equipment makes. we go to southern italy to join our colleague. welcome to the air base here in southern italy which is now the british center of operations with the r.a.f. fighters behind me. one of them i can see being prepared getting ready to fly another mission. the hood is up so presumably it will take off fairly shortly. it is also the home of the british ground attack aircraft which have been seeking out targets across libya to disable colonel gaddafi's air defense systems. another night of bombardment over tripoli as they seek to neutralize any threat from the air gaddafi could pose to his civilians. let's get the latest report. >> the aircraft fire. loud explosions were heard and state television said several sites were under attack by the so-called crusader enemy. support terrors gathered to chant their defiance. >> one of the government loyalists appeared on television
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Mar 8, 2011 6:30pm EST
rebel positions in eastern and western libya, using air power, artillery, and dozens of tanks. >> the bombs are falling again. the bomb landed just the other side of me, on the other side of the road. >> i -- in ivory coast, the government hits back at protests for earlier killings. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- of former iranian president loses his influential public position. and why is this is one of the best places and in the world to be a woman? as special reports from a small african nation -- a special report from a small african nation. hello. colonel gaddafi's forces have intensified their campaign to crush the revolt in libya and seemed to be gathering momentum in the east and west. the latest reports speak of a city reduced to ashes and in tripoli. casualty's looked to be -- casualty's looked to be significant. our world affairs editor and correspondent are there. >> this is the heart of ras lanuf defense says. a group of anti-aircraft guns grouped together.
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00am EST
use my guard. i didn't find no target. all i saw is bombs and bullets, and we were trying to escape and come back. >> when a libyan air force jet crashed, it was cause for celebration among the rebels. but they are finding it harder going, and the situation is clearly fluid.ç libya's embattled leader has given another television interview, again playing down the extent of the fighting. colonel qaddafi said on both sides the army and police on the one hand, and the insurgents on the other, a hundred people have been killed of the most, even though it's claimed into a thousand, people should check how many have died. in the hospital, the oil port that's fallen to the rebels, they're struggling to treat the wounded. this is close to the shifting front lines of this conflict. the u.n. says aid workers should be allowed access to help in the areas of heaviest fighting. >> we have to continue to press. we don't have any international staff left in tripoli. we do have national staff. but,of course, they are facing the same security problems as anybody else in the country. >> in tripoli,
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Mar 18, 2011 12:30am PDT
gaddafi's forces. the resolution calls for all necessary measures but it rules out the use of foreign ground troops. there were five abstentions including china and russia. french officials have said that military action could begin within hours although britain has cautioned against that suggestion. >> there was no opposition to the plan that britain, france, and lebanon had presented. significantly, both russia and china were among the five countries to abstain. afterwards, britain made clear why the government felt they had to act. >> the world should not stand by and accept gaddafi promised brutality against his own people. this is an expression of the resolve. this is a resolve by the arab league last weekend and measures to protect and safeguard the civilian population of libya. >> france will contribute a strong contingent of those enforcing the no fly zone. their foreign minister told the security council that the world could not let the events continued unchecked. >> as i speak to you now, colonel gaddafi lost troops are continuing their violent reconquest of cities. we canno
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Mar 2, 2011 12:30am PST
not agree. >> they gave us pictures they failed to show us what happens. on friday, protesters tried to get into green square. security forces or shifting to kill. the regime says it will only open fire in self-defense. the protesters to stay away from state hospitals. gaddafi told the bbc that all the people loved him. not here. this is the grave of a 32-year- old killed last friday. he left a child and a pregnant wife. >>, the rebels in the east are preparing themselves for the possibility of a showdown with gaddafi. in a gauzy, there is the sort of men willing to volunteer, but there is no great enthusiasm for any military intervention by the western ties. >> everybody here -- they do not want military international. we saw what happened in iraq. >> further along the coast, there was more enthusiasm for the idea of a no-fly zone. for the rebels here, this guy is the danger. -- the sky is the danger. planes haveafi's been sent three times. everyone is scared that it will happen again. in fact, at two of the three pilots have been sent to attack have deliberately missed. that is rel
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Mar 8, 2011 5:00am EST
. bbc news. over to ever correspondent in tripoli. what can you tell us about this purported offer to stand down by muammar gaddafi? >> there are a lot of rumors. it is very hard to separate truth from fiction. what we hear is that muammar gaddafi is not willing to step down. in the last few days, there have been suggestions from people within the administration that he should offer that. it is difficult to say what is the official government line. some say they were still in a very belligerent mood. they think they are consolidating their hold on western libya and parts of the central part of the country, but superiority counts and they are pushing into the eastern parts of the country as well. and >> the attacks from the air are sporadic. maybe these attacks will bolster their talks. from this side of walmart gaddafi, would they have a problem if that were to happen? >> his ear force is not as sophisticated as some in the region. they do not have laser-guided bombs. any foreign intervention plays into the hands of muammar gaddafi. british have tried to talk to military leaders that
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00am EST
ship, the rolling motion of a ship. perhaps you can give us your account. >> when it first hit, i thought i was going to pass out. my legs were wobbly. and you have is a sort of strange, moving sensation, and then it became quickly realized that it was an earthquake, and you could see the faces of people around. sometimes they jerk a bit. but this one was a real rolling motion, just like a ship at sea. it went on for a pretty long time. the creeking -- the creaking and cracking and then looking around, the buildings in tokyo have stood up fairly well to the earthquake, although this was not the epicenter. >> these buildings presumably are designed with earthquakes in mind and designed to move, somewhat, correct? to have some movement within them? >> yes. they remained -- the building codes remained strict after the one earthquake. inside, everything was on shelves and on the walls and on people's desks, that's all been thrown off on to the floor, so you can really see the power of it in there. and around the city there's a few places where fires were started because of the earthqu
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Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the regime falls. >> the president is us libel. he continues to waste time while he is lying. >> of the opposition leaders say their victory is close, but today, they are reminded of what a formidable of when that they are facing. before this crisis, -- all through this crisis, the president has remains calm. this even as a high ranking allies defected from him. just as it looked he was about to fall, on friday, he staged a massive rally. he told supporters he would go, but only on his own terms. in his speech, a combination of concession and defiance. >> we do not want power, but we need to hand power over to state hands, not corrupt hands. we are ready to leave power, but only to safe hands, chosen by the people. >> the president says if he goes, there could be a civil war in yemen could fall into the hands of al-qaeda. he knows this will concern the west. the americans have given mr. saleh billions of dollars in anti-terrorism assistance. those troops are still loyal to while other military have joined the opposition. both are arms. neither is willing to back down. >> bahrain of'
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Mar 30, 2011 7:00am EDT
soldiers and would not know how to use sophisticated weaponry. the coalition may be unlikely to be willing to get sucked further into the conflict. what happen if the coalition attacked civilians loyal to khaddafi? one of the key issues in this crisis. emily buchanan. >> joining me from the u.s. embassy is the deputy assistant administrator of the bureau for democracy conflict. thank you for being with us. all of the attention in the last few days has been done the diplomacy. your latest assessment on the humanitarian needs? >> where the opposition is holding on, the people are doing quite well. there are pockets of shortages of food, water, and medical supplies, but the people are very resilient. we have received terrific support from around the world. the situation is all right. our concern, of course, is the situation in the west. where we either do not know the situation, or we do know and it is bad. >> in what sense are you able to act, if you like, independently of your government and say there might be a problem with colonel gaddafi, but we are a humanitarian organization, w
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Mar 8, 2011 6:00pm PST
president as a standard bearer. >> you are watching bbc news. good to have you with us. the headlines at this hour. colnel gadhafi's forces step up against rebel held areas in libya. u.s. says any decision to impose a no fly zone should be made by the united nations. rebels forced another onslaught as gadhafi's forces release more attacks. more details on the united about the decision of a no fly zone. our u.n. correspond cent in new york for us. >> the security council talked about a no fly zone but only generally as part of a broader talk. the emphasis is very much on contingency planning so we can move quickly if the need arise. we have to see if the increase in fighting and the government bombardment will have any impact on views here. at the moment we can expect opposition if the resolution gets to the security council. on the one hand you have countries opposed to any military intervention and the russians made themselves quite clear. on the other hand you know countries that are aware of backing one side of a civil war that could look like they are supporting regime change. the
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Feb 28, 2011 5:30pm PST
a bleak picture of yet more violence to come. >> this is leading us toward a very dark future and i would like to call all libyans from all political associations and from all tribes to gather under the libyan flight. and it does not matter what flag, just the libyan flight. he won and let's do this gradually end peacefully -- be one and let's do this gradually end peacefully. >> but that is not what colonel gaddafi's son is saying. no sign here he is ready to give up. against this background, the prime minister david cameron is telling parliament the world is out -- the world is now united. >> we should be clear, for the future of libya and its people, colonel quaddafi's regime must end and he must leave. to that end, we are working to isolate his regime, to shrink its power, and to be sure that anyone responsible for abuses in libya will be held to account. >> in geneva, foreign ministers from around the world have been meeting. the european union has now introduced its own sanctions. that is significant because 85% of libyan oil goes to europe and because the quaddafi family has
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Mar 2, 2011 5:00am EST
town 70 kilometers away from jabia. our correspondent joined us with this update. >> well, i was just speaking to somebody by mobile phone who is in the little town of al backa, which is the one colonel gaddafi's troops are attacking. that was about 15 minutes ago, and i could hear shooting in the background. but he said already gaddafi forces have captured what i assume must be their objective which is an airfield which is attached to an oil refinery. and everybody here is now on high alert. here about 40 miles down the road across the desert. and everybody here seems this is next for gaddafi's troops. well, we'll see whether that's true or not. we had 20 minutes ago another attack by perhaps the same aircraft, pro-gaddafi aircraft on a weapons dump about a half mile from where i am. a big plume of smoke went up. but it didn't seem to ignite the thousands of tons of explosives i believe is there. >> does that imply that they are going to start using the airfield for military purposes? >> i'm not sure, peter. forgive me, but i don't know whether it's big enough to take military a
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Mar 4, 2011 5:30pm EST
' military commanders planned to use the lull to consolidate forces. where wednesday's battle was fought, properly trained soldiers have taken over from the volunteers. but many of the volunteers were heading up wildly down the road to the next objective, without waiting for orders. the regular soldiers had no alternative but to get themselves ready and go and support them, even though the volunteers had just begun. these are the advance guard -- volunteers, not trained soldiers, and they are all headed 15 killing years -- kilometers away from a year. this is the battle that has already started. spirits in enthusiasm is the main weapon of the rebels. this is the second battle where it is being tested. close up, the fighting was fierce. colonel gaddafi's men were beaten the other day, but here, they have superiority in weapons and they are on their own territory. the battle has been moving backwards and forwards all afternoon and into the evening. john simpson, bbc news. >> in tripoli itself, security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets that protesters that took to the streets after
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00pm PDT
tactics used by allied air crews. >> having in mind the protection of civilians, how can one use airstrikes that lead to more losses? we cannot help but be concerned. amongst those involved, concern remains over who is in control of the operation. france, britain, and the u.s. has taken the lead but there is yet to be agreement. a meeting for talks has been scheduled for the key international players in london next week. ministers will have hoped to -- hope to have resolved the issue by then. >> the news from reuters, residents of tripoli said loud explosions have been heard in the ieee area. it is the fifth night of air strikes against colonel gaddafi is forces. that has come from city residents speaking to the reuters news agency. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said israel will react aggressively and wisely after a first attack on a bus in jerusalem. one person was killed and 30 others injured after a blast of a crowded bus stop. there is much concern about another cycle of retaliation. >> chaos and confusion in central jerusalem this afternoon. traveling on a bus ha
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Mar 3, 2011 6:30pm EST
, we are trying to convince them they must be trained using weapons, first-aid. we are trying to teach them all. and we are not going to send them to the west. we are going to protect this area first. this is our place. some of them would have come from before. butñ mostly, they are young kids and then once you have just new -- and the ones who have just new training. >> lyse with new recruits in ben gazi there. aid workers and charities are struggling to cope with the vast numbers of people needing medical help, food, water, in transport. we found one group that managed to get a ticket home. >> they call this the time of change. for these men, it also means cold, hunger, and uncertainty. the best part of 90,000 foreigners have been driven across the border. some have spent a week just trying to get to this point. but the smiles say it all. there on a bus bound for the airports and the promise of a ticket back home. and so a small provincial airports in a quiet town has become the transit point for what the united nations calls "a humanitarian crisis in." -- humanitarian crisis.
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm EDT
police ill transporters behind us, utterly destroyed, and behind them, missiles themselves. this is a military naval facility. >> astonishing lig amid the wreckage, three missiles appeared to have survived just feet from the blast. one naval commander told me they were used for training and stored here for repair. we were ushered away by our minders. >> no missiles, no bombs, just workshop here. >> we found a second and a third crater, this one many times the size of the other two. this was a multiple missile strike. its target was clear. >> there is military equipment here. >> military equipment? >> military equipment. >> watt anybody killed here? >> no, no, no. >> combing the wreckage, we found the base commander. >> how do you feel about what has happened here? >> we are still standing. we are feeling normal. we are ok. no problem. >> in the east, the air campaign had its first loss, a u.s. air force eagle jetfighter crashed in rebel territory. the alliance says it wasn't shot down but suffered mechanical failure. its two crewmen have been rescued. east of tripoli, the fight for co
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Mar 14, 2011 7:00am EDT
comes in. more news coming to us from afghanistan, where a suicide pact has killed 37 people, wounding eight before the others. gunfire has been heard in the area with violence spreading across the region. more now on the economic impact of the japanese crisis. >> we just saw those devastating pictures, devastating in the short term for the japanese economy. the horrible earthquake and subsequent tsunami, take a look at the nikkei at the top. the central bank in japan injected just over $180 billion into the marketplace for capital to reassure the markets. this is very early to assess the damage, even though over the weekend they doubled the estimates. many are saying that i could go much higher. >> what about the global impact upon >> -- global impact? >> many have said that the japanese refineries, having shut down, there will be less demand for oil. the flip side of that is natural gas prices having risen. they expect japan to import more gas. they are the ones that are going to have to fork out. i will have more soon. >> thank you. still to come, we will examine the debt
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Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm EDT
correspondent, who we cannot name, sent us this report from sanaa. >> it is hard to imagine now that this process started. the spill out into the streets. united in their demand for resignation of the president. this was a real show of defiance, considering that one week ago, snipers opened fire from the roof here, killing at least 50 people. >> we asked the president to leave and give up his authority in order to save bloodshed, because the people will continue to revolt until the regime falls. the president is sly and continues to wait while he is lying. we do not have any trust in him anymore. >> opposition leaders say their victory is now close. but today, we're reminded of what a formidable opponent they're facing. throughout this crisis, the president has remained calm, looking relaxed and confident, even after some of his closest allies, high-ranking military and political leaders, defected from him. and just as it looks like he is about to fall, on friday he staged a massive rival rally. he told supporters that he would go but only on his own terms. his speech was a clever combina
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Mar 15, 2011 6:00pm PDT
correspondent in tokyo. this second fire now has been extinguished. can you bring us up-to-date on this? >> the power companies told them the fire went out. it started at 5:45 this morning. this has been the reactor number four. it was not operating at a time the earthquake and tsunami -- it is where fuel rods are kept in a cooling tank. officials say the water was boiling. what is being discussed by officials now this they are dropping boric acid from helicopters into that reactor. there are holes in the roof. >> talk to us about the fear of radiation contamination. people must be scared. >> the prime minister has said people within 20 kilometers should evacuate. people living within 30 kilometers should stay indoors and seal themselves in. in tokyo people are concerned. we are more than 200 kilometers south of the plant. you can see the traffic is thinner on the streets. people have been buying up food. foreigners have been leaving through the airport's. there are some signs local people are leaving, too. >> the japanese markets are trading for the second time since this tragedy. it l
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Mar 19, 2011 12:30am PDT
him to stop using violence. among the faithful, the enmity of the world only strengthens him. >> and the deputy foreign minister said that all military operations had ceased and claims that government troops were outside of the home, but they would not enter the city. they also invited germany and turkey -- the accused a ceasefire. >> [unintelligible] the weaponry is heading toward this area. and those on the militia groups have fired at the group. in the shelling is continuous. the army is not taking any action against them. we want to abide with the decision to cease fire. >> he has told the bbc that he expects [unintelligible] >> we have all the major participants in the operations and the diplomatic efforts. i think it would be a good moment to send the signal. the u.s., the u.k., and france has allowed the cease-fire. we have said the conditions. after the summit, and the coming hours, i think we will go to lodge a the military intervention. -- launch a military intervention. >> they continue to attack rebel forces despite the ceasefire. he is now back from where he has
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Mar 31, 2011 5:30pm EDT
want to talk to him via >. >> anyone from the libyan government will be of interest to us. >> he is responsible for the death of two hundred 70 innocent civilians, as well as thousands of his own people as part of the give up the regime. no matter what he says now, he has to be held accountable for my brother's death and the death of thousands of others. >> when tony blair met colonel gaddafi, moussa koussa was in the background. clandestine contacts may be why he came to britain. >> he is an old man. he has serious health problems. his body could not take the pressure. we understand that. we give him permission to live -- to leave libya. >> when he was first here 30 years ago, he was an agitator for the good doctor racine. now he has returned carrying -- for the gaddafi regime. now he has returned. >> of the skies of libya, nato is taking sole command -- above the skies of libya, nato is taking so command of them. today, the rebels in libya has suffered another setback. after making significant gains over the weekend, it is forced to retreat. firing continues to mizrata. >> trying
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Mar 22, 2011 12:30am PDT
international forces some two days ago. explain to us how, and also how you feel about their intervention? >> everybody believes now that the united nations resolution to protect civilians has been acted on here. everybody is looking now to do the same for the two other cities. yesterday a lot of people were contacted by telephone calls begging the united nations to do the same for these two cities. they are having attack from the regime by heavy artery and tanks. >> he was speaking to me a little earlier. richard much is a former assistant secretary of state and former ambassador to sir yea and saab rain. he spoke to me earlier from washington and explained what americans think of decisions taken by the obama administration when dealing wii the situation in libya? >> with some uncertainty. i think there is confusion in the mind of the public. there is confusion in our congress. the administration, the president has said that within a matter of days, a few days, he will hand any leadership role over to others. who the others are is not clear as of now. the situation as far as the public c
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Mar 21, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. >> you said that you were helped by international forces some two days ago. just explain to us how and also how you feel about their intervention. >> everybody believes now that the united nations' mission is to protect civilians was acted in a perfect way in benghazi. everybody looking now to do the same. yesterday, a lot of people contacted by telephone calls, united nations to do the same protection. because there are heavy attacks from the regime. heavy artillery, tanks, and also the international media buzz in contact with the situation. >> what do you want to see happen now over the next coming days? >> i think with more eliminating , the aggressive attack of the gaddafi regime, i am sure thousands of lives can be saved. as soon as can be done. the international community, with the united states resolution to protect the civilians, i am sure we can reach a happy end of this tragedy. >> thank you very much. we appreciate your time. abdul kareem, the secretary of the national libyan council speaking to me from benghazi. laura, lots being said about the divisions appearing between a
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00am EDT
. >> i've been speaking to you for the last few minutes from this former school that's being used as a temporary shelter. many people who had to be evacuated from the towns and villages because of the fear and radiation problems. let's talk to local people helping out they have been helping the volunteers here deal. first of all, explain why you felt it was important for you to come here and help. >> they live nearby and found out that this place is being affected and they will do anything they do to help when they do that. >> do you think the japanese have come together to relieve those people who have been having a crisis here. do you believe this country has been brought closer together? >> the country of japan has been brought together. the disaster has been brought up on television. everyone is thinking what can they do to help in the situation. you heard it there she keeb and anxious to help people. the death toll is 35000. >> thank you >> reports say the county is doited on two counties of murder. he insisted he was defending himself. the ruler could strain the relations with th
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Mar 29, 2011 5:30pm PDT
base in italy. the decision to use air power against colonel gadhafi in libya was taken quickly, so quickly that they are still sorting out the politics behind it. if that is one reason for the london conference, assembling ministers and diplomats from 40 countries, and the arab league and the african union to back u.n. resolutions. though thertheir enthusiasm for military action varies. the mandate to protect civilians also means taking sides in a civil war. >> we made the right choice, that was to draw a line in the desert sand to halt the murderous advance of gaddafi's forces. no one has yet to explain when or how that commitment ends. the conference also said -- started the process toward more legitimacy. this is the closest of rebels have to a political leadership and would like more help on the ground, too. >> the americans said they would consider arming the rebels. is that something you would like? >> you can see that they are fighting with machine guns, etc. >> the u.s., france, and britain are talking about army the rebels. bombs will fall near gaddafi's compound in tripol
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